QUIZ What do you really know about the Kimono?

Who doesn’t have a kimono in their wardrobe? Traditional clothing from Japan that continues to inspire us around the world. Timeless, and yet still, the kimono manages to reinvent itself each year to always remain in fashion.


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The next time you wear a kimono, you’ll know you’re wearing something that is as rich in its design as it is in its history!

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The next time you wear a kimono, you’ll know you’re wearing something that is as rich in its design as it is in its history!

#1. What does the word 'Kimono' mean?

For much of Japanese history, the term kimono referred to all types of clothing. Indeed, the kanji 着 物 (ki-mono) simply mean “thing that one wears”. With the introduction of Western clothing in the 19th century, the meaning of the term was limited to the traditional Japanese wear.


#2. The Kimono is worn by...

The kimono is worn by both sexes. However, despite being a mixed clothing, there are many differences between those of the two sexes. For example, for women, the obi that closes the kimono can be very long and is tied behind the back. While the obi that surrounds the waist of men is narrower than that of women and is tied in front.


#3. How do you call the belt that is used to hold the kimono closed?

The Hanfu is at the origin of the Kimono. These traditional Chinese dresses were used by the Japanese as early as the 5th century.
Hakama refers to the wide pleated pants, traditionally worn by the nobles of medieval Japan, and in particular the samurai.
The belt that holds the Kimono together is called an Obi. The way to tie the Obi is quite an art. By tradition, you do not wear any jewelry with a kimono, this explains why the obis are so richly decorated and colorful, they must contrast with the kimono, while being in harmony with it. The 5 color level belts used in martial arts also use the same name.


#4. The Kimono must be closed...

The left side on the right side. On the one hand it allowed to hide a weapon (the tanto). And on the other hand, in order to distinguish themselves from the dead whose clothes are crossed in the opposite direction.


#5. How do you call this type of kimono?

This Kimono is a Furisode for very long sleeves with large openings etc.
Kosode if the kimono with small sleeves with small openings.
Osode is the one with wide arm openings.
For each circumstance there is a certain type of kimono.

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#6. What do you call the socks that are specially conceived for wearing with the Japanese sandals?

The tabi (足 袋) literally means “foot bag”. These Japanese socks separate the big toe from the other toes. They are used to wear geta or zōri in addition to the traditional kimono or yukata. They slip on from the back and close with a system of metal fasteners. Its thick sole allows you to take off your shoes when entering Japanese houses and thus use the tabi as indoor shoes.

Geta (下 駄) are the traditional shoes of Japan. The best known are those made of wood with two teeth. These shoes are worn barefoot or with tabi.

The zōri (草 履) are Japanese sandals. They consist of a flat sole and two round straps. Zori are often worn with tabi.


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